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David W. Johnson

philosophy department

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Assistant Professor


Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
B.A., Emory University

Stokes N349

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-3709
Fax: 617-552-3874


Curriculum Vitae

Professional Career

David joined the faculty in the fall of 2013. Prior to coming to BC he was a visiting research fellow at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture in Nagoya, Japan. From 2010 to 2011 he was a visiting researcher in the philosophy department at the University of Freiburg.

Fields of Interest

  • Contemporary Japanese Philosophy, especially figures in and associated with the Kyoto School of Philosophy
  • Hermeneutics and Phenomenology, especially Gadamer, Merleau-Ponty, and Ricoeur
  • Comparative Philosophy

Current Teaching

  • Perspectives on Western Culture
  • Comparative Philosophy
  • Asian Philosophy
  • Philosophical Hermeneutics

Recent Papers

“The Self-Determination of the Whole: Nishida on the Achievement of Perception,” Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, National University of Singapore, Singapore (July 8-11, 2013)

“Merleau-Ponty and the Other World of Painting: A Response,” Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, Vol. 40, No. 1, 2009, 89-97

“What Does Academic Skepticism Presuppose? Arcesilaus, Carneades, and the Argument with Stoic Epistemology,” Lyceum, Vol. 10, No. 1, Fall 2008, 44-54


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